Heinrich Heine was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in either 1797 or 1799. In 1831 he took exile in France, where he often struggled financially despite irregular patronage from a millionaire uncle. With freedom of speech he developed an international reputation for the lyricism, wordplay, irony, and excoriating satire of his poems, and was called the last of the Romantics. In 1841 he married Crescence Eugénie Mirat (“Mathilde”), who cared for him during eight years of paralysis; he wrote from bed until his death in 1856.
Chris Fahrenthold teaches English at Fontbonne University, having served artist residencies at both the Green Center and Paul Artspace. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College, as well as a law degree he never used. His poems have appeared here and there, and he lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife and French Bulldog.
Terese Coe’s poems and translations have appeared in Able Muse, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, the Hopkins Review, Metamorphoses, New American Writing, Poetry, Threepenny Review, Agenda, Crannog, Cyphers, the Moth, Poetry Review, the TLS, and the Stinging Fly, among many other international journals. Her poem “More” was heli-dropped across London as part of the 2012 London Olympics Rain of Poems, and her latest collection, Shot Silk, was listed for the 2017 Poet’s Prize.